Post # 1
We’re having a ‘sweet and savoury’ tea reception in the middle of the afternoon (around 2pm) and so far have come up with these options,
pie bar (including fruit tarts)
typical tea danties/bars
cupcakes (2 options)
mini-ice creams as our favor (you know the kind you eat with a wooden spoon?)
mini-quiche bar (4 options)
salads (3 bean, asian coleslaw & greek)
‘finger’ sandwiches (2 kinds)
BYO (build your own) ‘subs’
‘pinwheels’ or ‘soft lavosh’ (deli meat & cream cheese inside a soft flat bread wrap)
We’ll also be having fruit skewers, a crudite/veggie tray, two types of homemade hummus, and an ‘international cheese’ platter paired with pickles, olives and a variety of crackers/flat breads.
We’ve got lots of options for sweets but we’ve been struggling to come up with another ‘heavier’ savoury option that will fit with the rest of the menu that will also be easy to make (we’re self-catering) as well as being a crowd pleaser.
Post # 3
@missmouse29: How about a pasta dish? for instance you can do lasagna rolls. It’s simple and cheap and if instead of laying out the pasta in big dish, you can actually put the stuffing into one thing of curly pasta and roll it up so that it’s good for individual servings. Kind of Like this (this was a chicken gorgonzola and spinach one I made)…
Post # 4
You could do something like pork tenderloin on rolls. You can get good quality pork at costco and the small, soft, yeast rolls. Always yummy.
We are also having an afternoon reception (11:30-3:00) and our menu consists of: mustard rubbed pork tenderloin on yeast rolls, chicken salad stuffed cherry tomatoes, grilled vegetable crudite, assorted cheeses (what type will be determined by the caterer as she shops), fruit kabobs, spanikopita (greek spinach pie), baklava, pinwheels (2 different kinds), wedding cupcakes & other assorted desserts.
Post # 5
For me, menu suggestions depend on whether or not there will be seating for everyone. Some things are just too messy and difficult to eat standing up.
ETA Will it be clear to the guests to expect this much food mid-afternoon? Most guests will eat lunch before the ceremony, so I’m thinking you already have more than enough food.
Post # 6
mmm those look yummy! Is there a trick to keeping them rolled up? Or does the cheese act as the ‘bonding agent’?
Post # 7
I actually think you have more than enough food (we had an afternoon wedding and ended up with TONS of leftovers – and our attendance was what we told the caterer).
If you do want to add something, how about stuffed red/new potatoes? It would be something bite-sized and a bit heavier (plus it might be nice to offer a warm veggie).
Post # 8
How about sliders or a mash potato bar?
Post # 9
a pasta? mac n cheese or baked ziti are easy to make.
Post # 9
unless disaster strikes I am planning on having enough seating for everyone –though that won’t stop folks from mingling and wandering, we’re just weird like that 😛
Post # 10
How about lasagne? You can make it in advance and freeze it, then pull it out and cook it for the big day. Since you’re self-catering, that’s a real plus. You can do meat and vegetarian.
Also, consider a risotto.
Post # 11
those look yummy! I know there is a possibility of having left overs, I just want to be sure we have enough options to satisfy different palates as well as enough food to feed those who didn’t have the opportunity to have lunch etc (which I am expecting to be the majority because wedding=food in our families haha).
On the up side, anything that is left over & not highly perishable can follow us to the after party at the very least. 🙂
Post # 12
a lot of people will be coming in from Out of Town but not flying directly to the town where the wedding is, rather driving in from 2ish hours away, so they might not have an opportunity to eat prior — also, a lot of people generally just expect food, so we want to be prepared.
We called it a sweet and savoury tea reception, rather than just cake or punch, so people should be expecting there to be some food rather than just sweets, however we wanted to avoid calling it a luncheon as it was too stuffy/formal for what we had in mind.
I know we have the basics covered, but we were looking for maybe one more dish to add to ensure that there was something for everyone.